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The Flames look to sweep this two-game road trip with win in Chicago

by TY PILSON @typilson /

FLAMES (22-17-5: 49 pts.) vs. 'HAWKS (19-18-6: 44 pts.)

6:30 p.m. MT | TV: Sportsnet West | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

2019-20 season series: 0-1-0-0

All-time regular-season record: 72-71-26-5 

Flames road record: 11-10-2

Blachawks road record: 10-9-3


Special Teams:


PP- 19.1% (18th) / PK: 82.2% (7th)


PP: 15.3% (28th) / PK: 81.3% (11th)


Current Leading Scorers:


Points - Matthew Tkachuk (36)

Goals - Elias Lindholm (16)


Points - Patrick Kane (54)

Goals - Kane (24)


Advanced Stats:


Shot Attempts: 50.58% (11th)

High-Danger Chances: 50.07% (14th)


Shot Attempts: 47.80% (25th)

High-Danger Chances: 43.86% (30th)


Video: Alanna Nolan sets up tonight's matchup


1. US

The Flames will look to make it a two-game sweep on this quick roadie when they face the 'Hawks in the Windy City.

And they will, of course, do it in front of the dads, mentors, and family members who accompanied the team on this trip.

The Flames battled back from four one-goal deficits to beat the Wild 5-4 Sunday night to kick things off.

The two teams exchanged five goals in the first period and eight in regulation to force overtime and an eventual shootout.

Ryan Donato and Derek Ryan scored in the fourth round of the one-on-one, player-v.-goalie battle, but the next four shooters - including Andrew Mangiapane and Elias Lindholm, for the Flames - were stopped.

After Luke Kunin was denied by David Rittich - who made 30 previous saves on the night playing in his 100th game - Dillon Dube calmly skated in and put a deft backhand over Alex Stalock to end the affair.


Video: CGY@MIN: Dube beats Stalock to win shootout


"You watch it - you don't really know 100% what you're going to do but you see him, you see what he does on most guys coming straight on. So I just kind of watched it and reacted to it," said Dube of his winning move.

Milan Lucic and Travis Hamonic scored in the first period, while Michael Stone scored early in the third but the Flames trailed 4-3 before captain Mark Giordano notched a powerplay marker - that went in off Wild d-man Ryan Suter - at the 14:32 mark.

While the game might not have been the prettiest, Giordano said the result spoke to the resolve of his team.

"It wasn't our best game by any means," he stated. "I think we were grinding there through the first two. I thought we generated a ton in the third and got rewarded obviously, bit of a lucky bounce on the powerplay but we'll take that. I thought we had a good night. We were committed to winning and guys battled when we needed to to get the extra point."


Video: "It's going to take a real strong effort from us"



That's what you call a rally.

The Blackhawks scored four straight goals Sunday night to dig out of a 2-0 deficit after the first period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 at the United Centre.

Filip Zadina and Luke Glendening both tallied in the opening stanza to give the Wings the lead.

But in the second period, a pair of Dylans - Strome and Sikura - both scored to knot things up.

It was Sikura's first NHL goal.

It came in his 44th game.

"I waited a long time for that," Sikura told "As much as I tried to not let it affect me, obviously at the end of the day it's going to and it's going hurt your confidence a little. It's nice to get that weight off my back and hopefully get a couple more."

Adam Boqvist notched the go-ahead goal in the third period and Dominik Kubalik round out the scoring for the homeside with an empty-netter with 20 seconds left to play.

"We answered the bell," said Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton following the win. "We needed the points and we were in a hole and on other nights the hole became 3-0 or 4-0 or we score one and they score right back.

"That's a sign of resilience and a sign of patience, and we can take that with us." 

Corey Crawford made 19 saves for Chicago, who has now won six of eight. 


Video: Patrick Kane and Jeremy Colliton on facing the Flames


3. US vs. THEM

If familiarity does, indeed, breed contempt, this should be a heckuva game.

These two teams met for the first time this season on Dec. 31, the Blackhawks winning 5-3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a decididly unfestive way to welcome in the New Year for the home fans.

The Flames would no doubt like to return the favour by winning at the United Center in front of the Chicago faithful.

The 'Hawks staked themselves to a quick 3-0 lead in the game off first-period goals from Olli Maatta, Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane, the latter also assisting on the first two markers.

Dylan Strome made it 4-0 at 9:41 of the second before the rally began.

Sam Bennett got a crucial marker with just six seconds left in the middle stanza, then Michael Frolik short-handed (at 15:30) and Sean Monahan (at 16:48) made it real interesting coming down the stretch. 

Kane, though, added an empty-netter with one second to go.


Video: Condensed Game: Blackhawks @ Flames



THIS: Elias Lindholm is set to play his 500th career game tonight. The 25-year-old is also just two points away from notching 300 career points. Lindholm has played the third most games from his 2013 draft class behind Seth Jones (510) and fellow Flame Monahan (515). He has played 125 games for the Flames and 374 for the Carolina Hurricanes ... THAT: With his late powerplay marker Sunday, Giordano is now tied for the fourth-most powerplay goals by a defenceman in Flames franchise history (48) with Dion PhaneufTHE OTHER: Rittich picked up his 53rd career win against the Wild. The 27-year-old undrafted goaltender now has the second most wins through the first 100 games of their career in Flames franchise history (Mike Vernon - 55 wins in 100GP). Rittich has the third most wins through 100 games by a Czech-born goaltender in NHL history, trailing only Roman Cechmanek (57) and Roman Turek (58). 


Video: Elias Lindholm on playing his 500th career game



Flames: Derek Ryan

'Doc' is coming off a monster night in Minnesota, recording an assist and scoring a pivotal shootout goal to keep the Flames alive in the skills contest. He finished the night as the team's leader in even-strength possession (66.67%) and high-danger scoring chances (75%), and of his efforts, enters tonight's contest riding a three-game point streak.


Blackhawks: RW Patrick Kane

The last time these teams met on NYE, he had two goals and two helpers and was named the first star. He has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past three games, and 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in his past 11.

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